Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Kelley M. Mauerman

Assistant Director of Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 251
Building Two, Room 251

Professor Mauerman received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, Remedies, and Criminal Procedure, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received the honors of Best Appellate Brief and Best Oralist, and completed an externship with Judge Gordon Thompson, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. After graduation from law school, Professor Mauerman clerked for Magistrate Judge Cynthia G. Aaron in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Professor Mauerman taught Professional Skills I as an adjunct faculty member of the law school beginning in 2000. Before joining the law faculty as a full-time member in 2008, she practiced law in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning. Within the law school, Professor Mauerman teaches first-year Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, Pretrial Litigation, International Sports Law, and E-Discovery. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Institute for Legal Writing and Professional Skills.
Currently, Professor Mauerman is writing in the area of assessment models for student learning outcomes in legal writing programs.


  • Starting from the Top: Using a Capstone Course to Begin Program Assessment in Legal Education, 37 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 477 (2012), with Andrea Susnir Funk.
  • Effective Summary Judgment Motions, co-author (Dewey Publications 2002).

Works In Progress

  • A Tale of Two Accreditors: Satisfying the ABA and a Regional Accrediting Agency, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Eugene, Oregon, August 2012.
  • Measuring Student Outcomes in a Capstone Writing Course: An Empirical Study, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2011.
  • Measuring Student Learning Objectives in a Capstone Writing Course, ALWD Conference, Sacramento, California, June 2011.
  • Legal Communication in the New Millennium: Ethics and Professionalism in Cyberspace, Eleventh Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2011.
  • The Ethics Bee: Teaching Professionalism and Legal Ethics in First-Year Legal Writing Courses, ALWD Innovative Teaching Techniques Workshop, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Tucson, Arizona, March 2010.
  • Are We Getting It Right? Strategies to Measure Student Learning Outcomes in a Four Semester Legal Writing Program, ALWD Scholars’ Forum, March 2010.
  • Integrating Legal Writing in Advanced Doctrinal and Skills Courses, 2010 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010.

  • 2011 – Present Member, Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers
  • 2008 – Present Member, Legal Writing Institute
  • 2009 – Present Member, American Bar Association
  • 1994 – Present Member, State Bar of California
  • 2003 – Present Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • 1994 – 2000 Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • 1994 – 2000 Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego